FPL Punts of the Week - Gameweek 24

6:25pm Jan 18 2018

Players from Bournemouth, West Ham and Stoke City feature in @FPL_Connect’s Punts of the Week for Gameweek 24

daily fantasy football tips - gameweek 24

Guess who’s back – back again – @FPL_Connect is back – tell a friend…

With open arms and a sigh of relief, we welcome Simon from FPLConnect.blog back to Fantasy Football Pundits HQ with his infamous Punts of the Week article for Gameweek 24.

Due to work commitments since the new year and concentrating on his own FPL website, Si hasn’t appeared on FFP since Gameweek 19, but boy has he returned in style with this weeks 3 picks.

If you’re looking for a cheap enabler who has a decent fixture this week and spares funds for premium purchases, I strongly recommend you read the below article, which will hopefully offer you food for thought ahead of Saturday’s 11:30am deadline.

Please note that all percentages quoted were correct at the time of publishing on the 18th of January, 2018.

Shaqiri vs. Huddersfield (H) [5.4% ownership]

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This choice is mainly based on the ‘new manager effect’ and the fixtures.

Stoke have recently announced Paul Lambert as their new manager and teams have done well in the Premier League immediately after appointing a new head coach – Puel at Leicester and Allardyce at Everton being two that stand out.

Paul Lambert may not be the most inspiring of choices by any means and doesn’t boast a particularly impressive record either, but the appointment might have just come at the perfect time.

In their next 6 games, they face Huddersfield, Watford, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leicester and Southampton in the Premier League, all of which aren’t the most impressive in terms of their defence.

Shaqiri also tends to score in streaks, with a flurry of goals and assists coming in a short spell against the teams in and around them, just as he did earlier in the year when he bagged 3 goals and 3 assists in 6 games against Watford, Leicester, Brighton and the likes.

Even in the last 4 gameweeks, despite not scoring any attacking returns, his performances are still fairly decent for his price, with him putting in 13 crosses and creating 8 chances for his teammates, 3 of which were big chances – so you can count him a little unlucky not to get a couple of assists over this period.

He’s also had 6 goal attempts, with 3 coming inside the box in that time, which isn’t too bad either.

With Huddersfield at home next, who just got spanked 4-1 at home to West Ham, Shaqiri could be a great punt this weekend and for the foreseeable future.

Lanzini vs. Bournemouth (H) [2.7% ownership]

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Lanzini is one of those players that, like Hazard, always looks good when you watch him, but it doesn’t necessarily always translate to FPL points, obviously to a lesser extent.

Having said that, Lanzini seems to be finding a little more consistency in terms of his returns in FPL in relation to his price this year, with him only going a maximum of 2 games without returning in his last 12 games, which at his price, is decent considering you’re getting some big returns in there.

I also now like the look of his new potential partnership with Arnautovic playing up front who, together, tore Huddersfield to shreds with their movement and skill.

In the last 4 gameweeks, Lanzini has had 10 goal attempts, 7 of which coming inside the box which, for a player who is usually tasked with the creating, looks great from an FPL perspective.

He’s also on penalties if Noble isn’t on the pitch, takes direct free kicks and takes corners too.

They face Bournemouth next at home and go on to face Palace, Brighton and Watford in their next 3 games beyond the Cherries – all winnable games in which they could score a fair few goals.

So, if you’ve missed the Arnautovic bandwagon, or simply don’t fancy going there now he’s being selected by a lot of managers, Lanzini could be a great alternative to him at just 2.7% ownership and £0.2m cheaper.

Wilson vs. West Ham (A) [3.6% ownership]

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Wilson is back on the agenda after his terrific recent performances and the fact that Defoe is out for a while with an ankle injury.

He’s impressively racked up 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 games for Bournemouth and with the problems we’ve had this year in terms of finding a suitable 3rd striker, Wilson is back to remind us of how good an FPL asset he can be when fit and firing on all cylinders.

What’s perhaps more impressive than the actual goals he’s scored, is the underlying stats he’s boasted over that period in comparison to one of the Premier League’s elite strikers playing for the best team in the league;

Sergio Agüero:

– 26 penalty area touches

– 15 goal attempts

– 12 goal attempts inside the box

– 4 big chances

– 21.6 minute per attempt ratio

– 5 chances created

– 1 goal

– 1 assist

Callum Wilson:

– 26 penalty area touches

– 15 goal attempts

– 12 goal attempts inside the box

– 2 big chances

– 23.6 minute per attempt ratio

– 5 chances created

– 3 goals

– 1 assist

With them playing West Ham next off the back of an impressive 2-1 win against Arsenal, with Stoke, Huddersfield and Newcastle following over the next 5 games, is it time to give Wilson another go?

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